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's no consistency in our policy decisions. in thegovernment's roleçxyxyx industry >> defense secretary chat -- defense secretary nominee, chuck hagel responded to questions concerning past statements on israel, iran, and nuclear weapons. this portion of the hearing is three hours. cable satellite corp. 2013] >> good morning, everybody. the committee meets today to consider the nomination of former senator chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. before i begin, i want to first welcome senator inhofe as the new ranking republican on our committee, succeeding senator mccain. senator mccain has been a great partner over the past six years, and i thank him for all the work he has done to get bills enacted, his leadership on a host of issues, his support for the work of this committee, and for always keeping our hearings likely. -- lively. senator inhofe has shown his strong commitment to the national defense over his 20 years on this committee. and i know that we are going to work well together and continue the bipartisan tradition of the committee. we are also pleased to welcome the eight senat
are militarily defensible? >> i think that it's all negotiable. the quartet principles of 2006, which president bush laid down in the two-state solution, all of those issues have to be resolved. land for peace, trading land, all of those are final status issues that are key to the future of israel or before israel can agree to anything. >> so you're saying you might describe a resolution of this crisis involving withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders as perhaps one among several tenable solutions? >> as part of what has been talked about and defined, as i said the main the 2006 quartet principles and u.s. resolutions -- u.n. resolutions that that is part of a final status set of issues that have to be resolved. the united states, no other country can impose that on israel. that is a negotiable issue. but it has been out there. that remains to be dealt with in negotiations. >> is it one that you think the united states should encourage? >> i would encourage peace and a secure, safe israel. that is what i think most of this would want to see. >> ok. in 2009, you made a statement suggesting that u.s.
senator chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. before i begin, i want to first welcome senator inhofe as the new ranking republican on our committee, succeeding senator mccain. senator mccain has been a great partner over the past six years, and i thank him for all the work he has done to get bills enacted, his leadership on a host of issues, his support for the work of this committee, and for always keeping our hearings likely. -- lively. senator inhofe has shown his strong commitment to the national defense over his 20 years on this committee. and i know that we are going to work well together and continue the bipartisan tradition of the committee. we are also pleased to welcome the eight senators who are joining the committee this year, both of those who are new to the senate and those who are new to our committee. senators donnelly, hirono, kaine, and king on the democratic side, and senators blunt, cruz, fischer, and lee on the republican side. you will all find that this is a wonderful committee where we work across party lines to support our troops and their families, and their
glenn was on it, lee hamilton, james woolsey, they had access to the defense department secret documents and information and they came out with quite a different view. let me point out some of the things they came up with. they said maintain the triad. they said maintain tactical nuclear weapons. they recommended no change in the alert status. the defense department's nuclear posture review under president obama and secretary gates found the alert status should not be altered. they fundamentally found a need for nuclear-weapons. that's the point. your commission basically says it undermines their request for nuclear-weapons. i will give you a chance to respond. global zero foresaw this argument before your report was issued. they said "the conditions that might make possible the global elimination of nuclear weapons are not present today and their creation would require a fundamental transformation of the world political order. that's a very strong statement and i think it was aimed at this idea that it is practical and realistic for us to expect the world is going to move to zero nuclea
] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> on c-span tonight, defense secretary leon panetta talked to students at georgetown university about the impact of sequestration on the military. at then leading republican members of the armed services committee talk about avoiding sequestration. then the house speaker response to president obama's proposal to delay spending cuts. president obama met with policy and labor organizations tuesday to discuss the immigration plan. on the next "washington journal," a look at the immigration debate with deepak bhargava. then jeff blake about the differences between the bipartisan immigration proposal. then a discussion about soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. our guest is former special assistant for mental-health at the office of the army surgeon general. we will take your calls, and females, and tweets every morning starting at 7:00 eastern on c-span. >> on thursday, president obama and congressional leaders attended the national prayer breakfast. the event dates back to 1953 with president eisenhower. cnn live starting
that we should discuss defense issues. and they said they were willing to engage in those kinds of strategic talks. and i think it will be very important for them to know that the united states, japan, korea and other countries in the part of the world will do everything we have to do to promote security and prosperity and that they should be a part of that, not against it. >> good morning, mr. secretary. but i want to thank you for your lifetime of service and leadership. i am a second year in math and science and foreign service and domestic policy. i am also an army veteran and them currently a member of the maryland national guard. >> good for you. >> in the political crisis and the economic crisis in this country, in your speech, you've talked about "week, the people," -- "we, the people." i would like to bring up the social crisis currently. on average, members of the military commit suicide at the rate of 22 deaths per day. that is a the one death every 65 minutes. i would like to know what the department of defense and lawmakers can do to effectively address that crisis,
cuts and reforms that protect our national defense. that's why republicans have passed budgets in each of the last two years and will pass another one here in the coming weeks. we believe there is a better way to lower the devers, but americans do not -- to lower the deficit, but americans do not support sacrificing real spenged cuts for more tax hikes. the president's sequester should be replaced with spending cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance a budget over the next 10 years. the american people believe that the tax question has been settled. they know the president called for a balanced approach to the debt. combination of revenues and spending cuts, and they know he's gotten his revenue. the american people do not believe the president will use further tax revenues to lower the debt. and haven't seen this president attempt to spend his way into prosperity over the last four years, they know he'll spend it. the president doesn't believe we have a spending problem. he general winly believes the government -- genuinely believes the government spending causes economic gr
to the same committee room that we will take you to now. we went there to hear defense nominee chuck hagel's testimony. they will come in soon. a little bit later, at 2:30 p.m. in the senate intelligence committee, john brennan's confirmation will be life. you see senator mccain. you have the ranking for the senate armed service committee. this should begin in a second. let us watch. we will cavill and to hear from defense secretary leon panetta and general martin dempsey about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi that resulted in the death of four americans. one week ago today, this committee heard from senator chuck hegel -- hagel to be the next defense secretary. the center of south carolina said he would put a hold on former senator hagel's nomination unless leon panetta agreed to testify. this is the first of two harris we will show you today. this and later this afternoon, the confirmation hearing for cia director nominee, john brennan, currently the counter-terrorism chief. >> good morning, everybody. we welcome secretary of defense leon panetta and the chairman of the joint
coverage at 3:45, a farewell ceremony for outgoing defense secretary leon panetta. that it will be held at fort myer, virginia, and will include remarks from president obama and general martin dempsey. he said he will step down from his post once his successor is confirmed. for the time being, waiting here as secretary of state john kerry and the canadian foreign minister take the podiums. we are here at the state department waiting for secretary of state john kerry and the canadian foreign affairs minister john baird to hold their joint press conference. they have been meeting here, and talking about various issues, including the keystone xl will pipeline going from canada through the united states. got a little behind schedule. we will have more live coverage this afternoon at 3:45 as defense secretary leon panetta has a farewell ceremony attended by the president and also the joint chiefs of staff chairman, and we will bring that to you at 3 caught 45. while we wait for secretary kerry to appear, which the canadian of foreign affairs minister, we will look at a program from earlier w
that the second amendment secures a fundamental individual right. merrick and have the right to self- defense. they have the right to have guns in their homes to protect their families. no one can take away those rights or their guns. the second man that rights are the foundation on which our discussion rest. they are not at risk. what is at risk is lives. lives are wrist when responsible people fail to follow laws to keep guns out of that hands of those who use them to commit murder, especially mass murders. i ask we focus our discussion on additional statutory measures to better protect our children and all americans. i say this as a parent and the grandparent. ours is a free society, and open society. we come together today to consider how to become a safer and more secure society. no one begrudges the government assistance provided to victims of mass tragedies made possible by those law we passed after the bombing in oklahoma city. the bill introduced last week against gun trafficking will soon prove helpful and i believe it will become an accepted part of our free more. it, too, is commo
unequivocally why diplomacy and development are right up there with defense. we think about who we are as americans, it's because we are united and committed across our government to do what ever is required -- whatever is required to fulfill the missions we have assumed as public officials and public servants. so next week i would expect that all of you will be as focused and dedicated for secretary kerry as you have been for me and that you will continue to serve president obama and our nation with the same level of professionalism and commitment that i have seen firsthand. on a personal basis, let me wish all of you the very best, whether you've been here a week or 30 or even 40 years. [laughter] let me give you the very best wishes that i can because i'm proud to have been a part of you. i leave thinking of the nearly 70,000 people that was honored to serve and lead as part of a huge extended family. and i hope that you will continue to make yourselves, make me and make our country proud. thank you all and god bless you. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] >> thank you.
on the national defense authorization act and she decided to introduce an amendment, we have to work in a way where it would not come up and say, let's repeal the entire policy. let's give commanders the flexibility to assign women to wherever they need to be, wherever they meet the needs of the battle grounds. that was replaced, substituted by an amendment of a report that came out in february. that is how the report came out. that started it going, a little more press, a little more engaging in this topic. we decided to present this caucus called the women in the military caucus. it was formed in order to develop a forum where we can discuss this issue. it was such a, do not touch this issue kind of deal. she just wanted this time and this form to get into the details of this policy and bring in experts to talk about this. we had a couple of briefings here and there. for all defense policies and congressional laws, it goes into the national defense authorization act. for the entire year, what i am doing is can he ready for that time. it is extremely difficult to get past all of the challeng
hagel has been nominated to be that next defense secretary. that is showing tomorrow on sunday here on c-span at 3 p.m. here's a look look at some of the new members of the 113th congress. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren was a advocate for the formation of the consumer financial protection bureau. she defeated scott brown and the came the first woman to represent massachusetts in the senate. in the house, joseph kennedy represents massachusetts's fourth district. watch in the house, live on and the senate on c-span 2. and this week's radio address, president obama and congresswoman susan brooks talked about needing to reduce the national debt. the president emphasized investing in programs that enable economic recovery. susan brooks urged democrats to pass a budget. >> hi, everyone. we face some important decisions about how to put down our debt in a way that grows our economy and create good jobs. the decision that will make a real difference in the strength of our recovery. we began with economists and business leaders saying that we are poised to grow. there are signs of progre
that background, how much sense does it make to have our armed line of defense be teachers? >> does the teacher have the nerve fiber to carry that weapon, and the responsibility? you are an educator. you dedicated your life to that pursuit, but you have a side arm strapped to yourself? and you better have it at all times because if you put it in your desk drawer, your purse, briefcase -- let me tell you something, carrying this weapon by my side has been a pain all my years. i am glad i have it if i need it, but it is an awesome responsibility. what do you do in the summertime when you dress down? how will you safeguard the weapon from a classroom of 16- year-old boys who want to touch it? certainly -- holsters. i am spending $200 apiece for these. these are all factors. we all face catastrophic changes in our lives as we go through divorce, other things that bring us down. but you need people to step in, like we have been policing, to notice those things and deal with them. this is a major issue. >> we have had cases in which trained police officers who were off-duty responded to a situation.
american citizens without cause or reason, they, with the defense bill, they can come to america and snatch you out of your home and they don't have to give you a trial court hearing. -- trial or a hearing. it is amazing how the democrats find every excuse for president obama under any circumstance to criticize him. you cannot march on several properties. that was in the defense bill in december. none of the democrats really care about the united states citizens or they would not be quiet. i'm tired of the hypocrisy. all president obama has to do is smile. but when the republicans get back in office, they can also use these powers and expand these powers. when you borrow money from china and you say i can come in your home and take you out of your home and i can detain you forever in the united states without a trial or a hearing. and another thing -- host: i will leave it there so we can get some more voices. first, here's what the white house press secretary jay carney had to say about it. [video clip] >> we have a knowledge that sometimes we use will be powered aircraft to conduct target
like to ask would you be as public into condemning the program as you were in its defense, and, in other words, would you set the record straight? >> i will do whatever possible to make sure that the record is straight and that i speak fully and honestly on it. >> i want to return to a question that mr. udall asked you. would you object to, and if so, why, to a public release to a declassified version of the committee's report? >> i would give such a request for declassification every consideration. there is a lot of information and those volumes with a lot of potential consequences as far as its public release. at the same time that we have a commitment to take care to, we also have a tremendous commitment to making sure that we keep this country safe by protecting its secrets. there are a lot of equities and operational activities, and it has to be looked at carefully. >> i would just say i agree with you that sources and methods and many of the operational details absolutely should never be declassified, but there is some basic principles in that report that i think is going
will lose their jobs. bases will have to be closed. programs will have to be stopped. the defense department will have to say, wristy immediate effect and will not only be about our military might. it will be about the economy. there was a decrease military spending as we get prepared for this absurd sequestration idea. the state department, we cannot look at military programs that are producing weapons but we can look at people being furloughed. we can look at cutting back on security, has been a challenge we have inherited over the years and which i tried to explain to the congress. can look at the cutbacks in passports the american people deserve us to provide and on and on and on. we are 1/13 of the defense apart and budget. will we do affects americans'. it's not just programs over there. it's what we do it through those programs that make it possible for us to have jobs and travel easily. thank you for asking. this is a government wide challenge. i was giving a speech in hong kong and all these sophisticated investors and officials were lined up to say, "is the united states going to d
on both sides -- ronald reagan is a phony on defense. ronald reagan never says that in the defense of the country are we going to take 118-year-old kid out of bethesda, maryland or california and asked him to serve -- no. we will staff this army, we will fill up with kids from working class american families, poor kids, black kids, white kids, brown kids who cannot get jobs. that is what our army is. he says what we need -- what we need is a demonstration of willpower, not firepower. talking about nerve gas and baloney -- where the hell is the commitment? i do not know if you could get a draft law passed in the congress of the united states now. all these tough republicans, spend more, borrow more. >> spend more borrow more republicans? >> it is bipartisan at this point. i agree -- i may have mellowed a little bit in my delivery, but i will say this. a senator from south carolina, somebody i admire enormously, he ran for president in 1984. at the new hampshire primary, we went up to dartmouth college. there he stood before these very privileged and in many cases pampered ivy league
and not an economic or budgetary question, the budget can be cut 100 different ways and the defense budget can become 100 different ways, or not at all. this whole element of the conversation has to be retired. there are crises that involve our values but not our interests. there are crises that of all our interest and on our bellies. there are crises that of all of both. obviously, the ones they're involved our interests are the easy ones. there are some challenges that to not seem to involve our interests very much, but we do bring our values and to a question. the classic example would be rwanda. circassia given the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis there -- syria, given the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis there, there is no greater blow that could be dealt to iran than the fall of the assad regime. if one wants to be a cold hearted realist and criticize all the public and moral considerations that people like me like to develop, there is no question that from a cold strategic standpoint, our interest requires us to do what ever we can. what i said what ever we can -- here i go back to som
of chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. while we were home last week, i had the opportunity to watch the senate confirmation hearing, and i was dismayed by the way many of the republicans on that hearing chastised mr. hagel. mr. hagel is a man of integrity. i -- the question from one of the senators about, do you think the surge worked, and senator hagel was such he didn't want to give him a direct answer. i would have said no, it didn't work. 1,200 americans killed. i don't know how many iraqis. look at the country today. it is totally falling apart. that was a question towards senator hagel. . the iraq war was very unnecessary. it was manufactured by the previous administration, and there was a marine general, greg newbold, who actually wrote an article in "time" after the war started and one of the points he made that i'm going to share with you, mr. speaker, is some of the missteps included the distortion of intelligence in the buildup to the war. the distortion of intelligence in the buildup to the war. in the history of washington, if ever our government needed integrity, it's
was a journalist. i did not believe i could lead to someone's defense and lead to the others defense but if i ask a question i want an answer. this is my style. i went through this thing when i was first chosen, thinking, i am not george stephanopoulos, but i was chosen for who i am and i was chosen for whatever body of work and have that i am proud of and i felt that -- the only thing i would say is different, i spent a lot of time on the questions. i crammed my head as much as i could and remembered things, but to me, i did what pointed questions and i wanted answers. we all have interviewed public figures and usually get 20 minutes and 18 minutes and you don't want to hound them over one topical item -- you cannot help but be part of this. you are looked at because of the questions you ask and what you contribute in the wake of that debate. >> there is another question having to do with the moderator's, and that was this business of, the political party is getting an answer to the question, what is the sistine mets going to be devoted to? devoted to economics or foreign policy, iraq and iran,
that it is not the department of defense's job to be 911. and so the question that struck me is, so when this happens and it happens so fast and so quick that when you respond in an hour, it may already be over by that time. are we relying on the home country to be 911? and if so, as you go through what they're providing to us, you mentioned some are not up to the quality of others at this time, but how are you making that decision that we have people in harm's way and we are relying on a host nation that might not be up to taking care of our people? and if so, as you go through what they're providing to us, you mentioned some are not up to the quality of others at this time, but how are you making that decision that we have >> you know, obviously, it's very important that you know the ambassador determined what is the situation and whether or not there's a need for action. i mean the 911 is basically the host country that has to respond quickly and provide mediate security around. if that's not there, you have to have security within the embassy itself. you have to have intelligence that gives you a
in afghanistan under reconstruction. the department of defense, aig, the part of justice, it is unique. we have the largest oversight presence on the ground. we have the most progressive suspension and debarment program. and we have the most successful records rather than prosecuting them in afghan courts. we are a temporary agency. we go out of existence. we sunsets. so, we have a way to go. we are in the building right now. accordingly we had some very unique hiring and firing authorities that allowed us to get the best people as quickly as we could for what i think is the most dangerous oversight job in the government. when created in 2008, we were given the policies including the afghan reconstruction effort. offering direction as necessary >> i try to visit afghanistan a day -- every quarter. i can tell you, they are intent philip by the end of 2014. -- i can tell you, equally interested in the concern in their ability to manage continued reconstruction through and beyond. it is fair to say that the success or pharaoh year of the entire investment in afghanistan is teetering on whether the
are some other stories in the news. outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta testified yesterday and here is that mine in "the washington times." here is the headline from when " the new york times" on secretary panetta testifying. the divisions on what to do about one of the issues facing the white house, the rising violence in syria, spilled into public view for the first time in a blunt exchange. it says secretary panetta and joint chiefs dempsey revealed they supported a plan last year to arm carefully vetted syrian rebels but it was ultimately vetoed by the white house. some other stories in the news. in measure would strengthen the mental health care system. a bipartisan group of senators have renewed urgency after the massacre at sandy hook elementary introduce legislation yesterday aimed at strengthening the nation's fragmented mental health system and improving access at the committee level. that is from "the washington post." here is "the baltimore sun" -- lawmakers are having a mixed reaction to the post office plan to go to five-day first-class delivery. lawmakers wrestled on
the ones again missed the target. phone number ability of critical infrastructure defense energy, health care -- the question is how should this be dealt with? i think it is important to address the bowl -- address the goal of cyber security without creating some enormous cyber industrial, rigid industrial complex that would produce an endless losing cat and mouse game that the affected how actors are going to win every time. you ought to make sure that cedras security is not used in a way that exposes the electronic communication of the american people to government and corporate snoops. having talked about content that our people want to remain private, i want to spend a minute talking about content that ought to be shared and why that is a key plank in our innovation agenda as well. what shills the sharing of collaboration and ideas is copyrights and patents. rights holders -- rights holders are too eager to use their power to share offer -- to scare off challengers to the status quo. this perpetuates stagnation. indisputably the protection of intellectual property is important. my da
the defense authorization bill. 380 amendments, and we went forward and did the right thing. i am guardedly optimistic. >> we did postal reform. towards the end of the year, little noticed, but there were some complicated pieces of legislation. they did not pass the house, most of them, but they got through the senate with a good bipartisan support. >> do you buy this pendulum idea that it reached its nadir? >> maybe i am wrong. maybe that is not the case. we were able to make certain progress in other areas, and i think historians that study the senate will look back on this version of this nuclear option, because if it had happened, and it was going to happen unless we came up with this road map for the leaders -- >> this is the filibuster reform. >> on the filibuster, that if the senate had gone to a 51- vote body, it would have changed the nature of the united states senate forever. >> before you leave, senator schumer, you have some quality time with the president. one of the hats you wear, you are chairman of the joint inaugural committee. and some of the jobs are -- >> ride in the li
of everything else. they have got to quit doing all this nonsense. host: the outgoing secretary of defense was on "meet the press," yesterday. according to the headline, "the first line from leon panetta, it would be a shameful and irresponsible act for congress to allow the automated budget cuts known as sequestration to defect." -- to take affect." here is a bit of that conversation. [video clip] >> we have to plan for that possibility. so many members are saying that they would let it take place. why in god's name would members of congress elected by the american people take a step, badly damaging our national defense, undermining the support for our men and women in uniform. host: you said that this would be catastrophic, but it is not specific. sequester, are we going to be less safe? >> it is not just sequester. that is the piece that was missing in that discussion. under a continuing resolution, the combined effects of sequester and the continuing resolution creates a magnitude of cuts in the last half of the year. we have to absorb $52 billion when you count the effects of sequestr
an announcement to disperse, we would appreciate it. thank you very much for coming. [applause] >> defense secretary leon panetta and joint chief chairman general dempsey testified about libya that killed for students and three other americans. we will be live touring at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. later, president obama chief counterterrorism advisor and the presidents choice to be cia director testifies against the senate intelligence committee. that hearing is live at 2:30 p.m. eastern. >> president obama announces his nominee interior secretary ken salazar. postmaster general pastor donohoo announces the end of saturday mail delivery. "washington journal" is live. >> what i have discovered is the war strategy to achieve happiness and life is to make that your primary goal. if you make your happiness what you are striving for, you will not achieve it. you will be knossos cystic, self-involved, caring -- narcissistic, self-involved. happiness is best as a byproduct of other things. it is a five part of meaningful work -- five part of meaningful work, family, friends, good health, love,
there with the defense. it is because we are united and committed to do whatever is required to fulfill the missions we have assumed as public officials and public servants. so next week, i would expect that all of you will be as focused and dedicated for secretary kerry as you have been for me, and that you will continue to serve president obama and our nation with the same level of professionalism and commitment that i have seen firsthand. on a personal basis, let me wish all of you the very best, whether you have been here all week, or 30, or even 40 years, pat. [laughter] let me give you the very best wishes that i can, because i am proud to have been a part of you. i'll be thinking of the nearly 70,000 people thought -- i leave it thinking of the nearly 70,000 people that i was honored to serve and leave as part of a huge extended family, and i hope that you will continue to make yourselves, make me, and make our country proud. thank you all, and god bless you. [cheers and applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >>
there for our brave service men and women. in 2007 the national defense authorization act amenled the family medical leave act to allow eligible employees up to 12 bjork weeks of job-protected leave for a need arising out of active duty or calls to active duty status of a spouse, a son, a daughter or a parent. in 2009 congress added coverage for military caregiver leave for a qualified family member of certain veterans with a serious injury or illness. we know that recovering from their wounds, so many service members have expressed to me their gratitude of having the ability of a loved one to take leave under the fmla in order to help them along their journey. and i can recall meeting a mother at balboa medical center who was taking advantage of this and being there by her son's side was so critical and so important and she had the security of knowing that she could go back to her job. how well we deal with the challenges of life is often based on how supported we feel. and the fmla gives us the time, it gives us the protection to care for others and for ourselves. so as we honor the annive
because they are the best available weapons for self- defense. so, police officers, should the average citizens not have that same right? host: this is from twitter -- host: a couple of comments from twitter for you, twitter.com/c- spanwj is the handle their. this is from "the washington times." host: so, that effort moving on the state level. if you want to see what your state is possibly looking at doing. also from "the washington times," "college presidents oppose more guns on campuses." host: this is inside of "the washington times," this morning, if you are interested in that article as well. other news, front page of "the washington times," president misses fourth budget deadline, a gop house races red flag. host: speaking of the budget, the congressional budget office will give its 2013 economic outlook today at 2:00 p.m. eastern, sure to be making headlines tomorrow and getting reaction as well from lawmakers. on the nomination of former senator chuck a deal as defense secretary -- shut cahill -- chopped hegel -- chuck hagel on defense secretary. on immigration reform, "use an
before cutting to defense and nondefense discretionary programs. cuts to jobs programs and medical research and education. cuts to military personnel and law enforcement. cuts that will cause jobs and do real harm to the american economy as it struggles to recover. and the reality is that we don't even have that much time. we only have nine legislative days left in february to address the issue. nine days to negotiate a trillion-dollar deal with the senate and the president. and instead of a meaningful plan to address the crisis that we need to avert, we have this nonsense before us today. this is no way to govern. the disturbing truth is that many republicans seem downright giddy when it comes to the sequester cuts. there is new story after new story of how we'll let the sequester take effect. the gentleman from georgia, dr. price, couldn't support these cuts fast enough. i was shocked. mr. speaker, it was only last week that the economic numbers for the fourth quarter of 2012 were released. unexpectedly we saw a contraction in those numbers, a contraction fueled by a massive redu
, unfortunately, that's the date when a series of harmful automatic cuts to job-creating investments and defense spending, also known as the "sequester," are scheduled to take effect. immediately on a bigger package, if they can't get a bigger package done by the time the sequester is scheduled to go into effect, then i believe that they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging effects of the sequester for a few more months until congress finds a way to replace these cuts with a smarter solution. there is no reason that the jobs of thousands of americans who work in national security or education or clean energy, not to mention the growth of the entire economy should be put in jeopardy just because folks in washington couldn't come together to eliminate a few special interest tax loopholes or government programs that we agree need some reform. congress is already working towards a budget that would permanently replace the sequester. at the very least, we should give them the chance to come up with this budget instead of ma
pounds. that is only 10 billion pounds less than the entire defense budget. it's not good enough for members opposite to oppose welfare cut after will forgot, to propose welfare spend after welfare spend, while they realize that we're dealing with the mess they left. >> does the prime minister agree with the leader of the opposition talked about the economy, he sounds just like an extraordinary undertaker looking forward to a hard one to? does he not accept that you cannot get out of a debt crisis by borrowing more money? >> my honorable friend makes a very good point. the fact is the economy that we inherited was completely unbalanced. it was based on housing but it was based on finance. it was based on government spending and those based on immigration. those were for incredibly unstable pillars for sustained economic growth. what we that it is a major recovery operation. that operation is still underway but you can see in the new jobs created in the private sector businesses that are expanding them into new people signing up the businesses we are making progress. >> george gal
is the defensive marriage act, section three about federal benefits that the federal government has to give certain benefits to people who are lawfully married in their state who are gay. you can see justice kennedy making the deciding vote but on the federalism grounds. without talking about fundamental rights or equal protection. then there is california's prop 8 thing. i think the most likely thing there is there is some technicality of who will can stand in the room to respect your case. that is one way to hand it on the federalism grounds while not enshrining on the constitutional rights. they are not ready to do that. moving on the what is right now, what alex is going to talk about the hottest issue and that is gun control. president obama's executive actions, there were 23 of them. they were a pleasant surprise in a certain extend. he wasn't legislating himself a ban on assault weapons or confiscating guns or anything like that. i printed out the white house statement and drew a chart and tried to tick off where their potential second amendment problems and where there are other problems. i
. it has been an effective way of putting al qaeda on the defense and keeping them on the run. the president deserves congratulations for being relentlessly consistent and persistent in his drone program. does that mean it has been totally cost free? clearly there have been civilian harmed as a result of some of these drones attacks. that collateral damage is unacceptable and inappropriate. but let's be real. if we did not have a drone program, the homeland would be far more insecure. host: michelle has this point. get out of afghanistan. the russians went broke fighting that war. nothing will ever change there. we underestimate their culture. let's go to doug in boston. caller: the first phrase out of your guests's mouth was the nuclear program. there is no proof of such a program. marc ginsberg is a neo conservative zionist host:. -- host: a response from marc ginsberg. guest: if this individual wants to be educated, he should go to the website of the international atomic agency. if he does not believe that, he will buy the brooklyn bridge. host: is there a thorn policy chal
billion pounds. that is only 10 billion pounds less than the entire defense budget, and it is not good enough for members opposite to oppose welfare cut after welfare cut, to propose welfare spend after welfare spend, well they realize we are dealing with the mess they left. >> does the prime minister agree that when the leader of the opposition talks about the economy, he sounds just like a victorian undertaker looking forward to a hard winter? does he not accept that you cannot get out of a debt crisis by borrowing more money? >> my honorable friend makes a very good point. the fact is that the economy we inherited was completely unbalanced. it was based on housing, based on finance, based on government spending, and based on immigration. those are for incredibly unstable pillars for sustained economic growth. what we had to do was a major recovery operation -- that is still underway. you can see in the new jobs created, the private sector businesses that are expanding, the new people setting up his messes, we are making progress. >> following up -- will the prime minister laid befor
of defense, department of state, a.i.d., department of justice. any agency rating in afghanistan. that's unique 37 37. -- we have the largest over sight present in afghanistan. we have the most successful record of working with afghan law enforcement in prosecuting, arresting and prosecuting individuals in afghan courts. we are temporary agency. we go out of existence. we sun set when reconstruction drops below $250 million in unexpended funds. we're in the billions now. accordingly, we have very unique hiring contract authorities, unique to the government. that allow us to get the best people as quickly as we can for what i think is the most dangerous over sight job in the united states government. when congress created sigar in 2008, it also gave us the responsibility and the authority in the statute to lead, coordinate and recommend policies to improve the afghan reconstruction effort. accordingly, i believe it is our job to evaluate the bigger picture and offer direction as necessary and appropriate on the reconstruction effort. just last wednesday, bob eluded to the fact that i r
captioning institute] [captions copyright nationalcable satellite corp. 2013] >> defense secretary leon panetta will be honored at a farewell ceremony and fort myer, virginia. it will include remarks from president obama and joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey. that is live at 3:45. secretary of state john kerry will meet the canadian prime minister. the team so -- the keystone pipeline will be in the conversation. a rock obama's decision on the $7 billion will be the test of his a nod with a promise to act on change in his second term. there will be a news conference. that will be at about 2:30. a pro forma session at 11l0:00. 2:00 for legislative work. the chamber resources -- resources at 5:30. the house takes up a bill that will continue a pay freeze for federal workforce. watch the house live here on c- span and the senate on c-span2. >> having observed a steady improvement in the well-being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state of this union is good. >> once again, in keeping with tradition, i have come to report to you on the state of the union. i am pleas
concerned of the fact that we are trying to nominate the secretary of defense for this country but are we dumb attain -- nominating a secretary of defense for the state of israel? i will take your answer off the air. host: that was part of the discussion yesterday. guest: absolutely. there was a lot of time spent on israel yesterday. it is a huge foreign-policy issue for the. they happen to be in the middle of an environment that is unsettled and without clear paths forward. it is a core interest of the united states. again, it is a scenario where politicians feel strongly and american voters feel extremely strongly. there were some differences of opinion but got explored yesterday. again, that is part of the point of the hearing process -- of a confirmation progress -- process, getting into areas where people have concerns. host: one of the exchanges about israel, democrat from rhode island. >> interviews and speeches, i have always said i am a supporter of israel. in some cases, i have said a -- i am a strong supporter. i think it is in my book that we have a special relationship with i
for defensive weapons. you have refused. we have asked you for a no-fly zone to ground those fighter jets that bomb bakeries. you have refused. we have no one to turn to but god. that is where the radicalization stems from. and you have nothing, you will turn to god. i can't blame them. if i were watching my children get sniped, i would turn to god as well. >> what you think of that? >> how can you argue against that? it is a compelling -- >> turn to god? or turn to someone who is launching jihad in the name of god? >> we sanctioned -- which was greeted with great consequence in washington, but in syria was viewed as a horrible thing. the islamists in the attack on the airbase -- it is the islamist fighters who prevail. not the syrian military. >> because they are not getting help from the rest of the international community? >> credited with over 600 suicide bombings -- i do not know the answer. it is hard for me. i am not sitting in moral judgment, nor am i immune to the terrible traumas and suffering. i am looking for a rational, american strategy. that can help, if we do provide a co
. after that, bob gates got up, and the secretary of defense called him one of the finest men at arms this country as ever produced, then continued over the past decade, no single american has inflicted more fear and more loss of life on our country most vicious and violent enemies than stan mcchrystal. that makes him sound pretty scary. while he was certainly scary to our enemies, he is an amazing american. i want to share a very brief vignette. his emphasis on reducing civilian casualties was one of the most important aspects of the strategic initiatives that he brought to bear when commander there. i had the honor of seeing president karzai in the spring of 2011, a few months after stan had come home. president karzai said, please tell general mcchrystal that we appreciate his service, that he is such a friend to the afghan people, that i always appreciated the concern he had for the afghan people as he did his job, dealing with a vicious enemy. please join me in welcoming general stanley mcchrystal to brookings. [applause] >> thank you for coming. it is a privilege to be on the pl
secretary at 8:00 p.m. eastern. we'll hear from ken salazar. tomorrow morning on c-span, outgoing defense secretary, leon panetta and general martin dempsey talk about the attack in libya. the hearing gets under way at 10:00 a.m. eastern and we will have it live on c-span. >> during the presidency of her husband, james madison, british troops invaded the capitol in the war of 1812, she saved a portrait of george washington and other valuables. meet dolly madison in c-span's new original series. produced with the white house historical association, season one begins president s' day on february 18, 9:00 p.m. >> if you go to most american history textbooks i would make you a bet if you go back to the textbooks you had in high school , take me up on my bet, but in your american history textbooks in high school, if you go to the index, you will find no mention of eugenics and/or biology books. you will find no mention. i looked at a biology book assigned at montana state university. great textbooks, but i didn't see any mention of that word. it's as if, because we, meaning scientists no longe
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